Russian River Valley
25.2 degree brix
Fifteen months in 60 gallon French oak barrels: 50% new; 100% from Tonnellerie Sirugue
December 19, 2016
2015 Chasseur Freestone Station Pinot Noir
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Chiseled structure and seductive depth, make this is a potentially aristocratic Pinot. The nose offers deep red raspberry, violet, yellow rose and dried orange peel scents over roasted grain, coriander seed and strongly-stated mineral undercurrents. The impression of sleek, aristocratic elegance is just as captivating on the palate, where the wines filigree of gentle savory notes melts into its lovely array of red raspberry, cigar box, lead pencil and rose petal fruit. The finish is long and gripping, an indication that this already gorgeously drinkable wine has years of improvement ahead.
This historically low yielding vintage created wines of unparalleled weight. The fourth in a series of drought years in the west affected vine vigor and was responsible for small crop levels never before seen. Warm dry weather was ideal for growing wine which brought in fruit with small bunches and shot berries. An early harvest usually means little fruit hang time which can beg the question of lack of flavor but the wines from this vintage are as flavorful as they are dense.